9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, but why all the hype?,
This review is from: Furies Of Calderon: The Codex Alera: Book One (Paperback)
This is quite a difficult book to review as I can't decide how much I enjoyed it. It is an easy going traditional fantasy book with lots of magic and some cliched characters.
The book has many of excellent twists and turns in the plot which keeps you involved whilst you're reading and most chapters end with a 'cliffhanger' to keep you reading that little bit further.
My problem with the book is that everything feels too contrived, characters get pulled and pushed in different directions and make strange decisions to further the plot. Maybe it's just the fact that I was reading Joe Abercrombie before this novel but I never really connected with any of the characters or worried that they may meet a horrible death (which may have made it a little more interesting).
Overall a reasonable fantasy novel but more in the vein of Forgotten Realms than GRR Martin.